12.19.16 Good morning. It’s Monday December 19, 2016 and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Disney XD: Beyblade Burst at 9a
VH1: Leave it to Stevie at 9p, K. Michelle: My Life at 9:30p Tonight’s Finales:
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight at 8p
Food Channel: Cake Wars at 9p
ID: The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade at 9p
Nat Geo: Mars at 9p
Science: Mars: The Secret Science at 9p
TBS: People of Earth at 9:30p
Sumner Redstone, controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS, will step down from his position on the Viacom Board of Directors after the company’s annual meeting on February 6. The 93-year-old Redstone will “continue to participate in board meetings in a non-voting role,” said Viacom. Last week, Redstone and daughter Shari Redstone put the kibosh on a proposal to explore a merger with CBS, and named Bob Bakish as permanent president and CEO of Viacom.
She’s ba-a-a-ack: Omarosa Manigault rose to prominence as an polarizing contestant on season 1 of The Apprentice in 2004; now she’s been named to president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. Manigault, who in September said, “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump,” also appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and collaborated with Trump on 2010 dating show The Ultimate Merger.
Station groups will have their own summit on January 18 at NATPE, with a new track of sessions focused on local TV issues like how GMs lead in a digital world, and the future of the relationships between local broadcasters and syndicated content providers. The NATPE conference runs January 17-19 in Miami.
Robert Durst, who was caught on tape appearing to confess to murder on 2015 HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, blames the blurt on drugs. In a March 2015 jailhouse interview filed in L.A. County Superior Court last week, Durst tells prosecutors, “When I did the interview for The Jinx I was on meth. The whole time I was on meth…. I’m surprised my lawyer let me go ahead with it.” Durst is now serving a seven-year term for illegal possession of a revolver at the time of his arrest.
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Julia Roberts is attached to star in and produce a limited series based on Maria Semple bestseller Today Will Be Different, from Annapurna Pictures. Roberts will produce via her Red Om Films.
ABC bought Bluegrass FanFare legal comedy Lawyer Up, written and executive produced by Justin Malen (Office Christmas Party), about a Harvard Law grad forced to work for sketchy siblings at their law firm. Project is based at ABC Studios.
ABC also gave a straight-to-series order to Somewhere Between, a supernatural thriller based on a Korean format. Produced by Thunderbird Entertainment, the drama is slated for a summer 2017 debut.
It’s Not You, about the struggles of being single in a couples world, is in development at Freeform. The comedy comes from Adam and Naomi Scott’s Gettin’ Rad Productions, and Gina Fattore (Californication).
A drama based on 1992 film Single White Female is in development at NBC. Eric Garcia will write the script and exec produce; Sony Pictures Television is the studio.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: December 16-18, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Buena Vista) $155.0 million, opening weekend
Moana (Buena Vista) $11.7 million (week 4), cume revenue $161.9 million
Office Christmas Party (Paramount) $8.5 million (week 2), cume revenue $31.5 million
Collateral Beauty (Warner Bros.) $7.0 million, opening weekend
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros.) $5.0 million (week 5), cume revenue $207.7 million
Manchester by the Sea (Roadside Attractions) $4.2 million (week 5), cume revenue $14.0 million
La La Land (Lionsgate) $4.0 million (week2), cume revenue $5.3 million
Arrival (Paramount) $2.8 million (week 6), cume revenue $73.1 million
Doctor Strange (Buena Vista) $2.0 million (week 7), cume revenue $226.1 million
Nocturnal Animals (Focus) $1.4 million (week 5), cume revenue $8.8 million
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Amen to that: Listen! A Musical Celebration of Christmas at Berea College airs Saturday, December 24 at 11:35p on CBS. The concert special features a diverse mix of music performed by students and faculty of Berea College in Kentucky, with a message of love and peace. Berea was the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, and admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources.
TBS is ending 2016 with a 121-hour binge of its original comedies. Fans can get their fill Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party starting Christmas night at 11p; a nightly primetime showcase starts with the first season of Detour on Monday.
Rogue One star Felicity Jones is set to host the January 14 edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Country performer Sturgill Simpson will be the musical guest.
The new season of ABC’s To Tell the Truth launches Sunday, January 1 at 9p with a celebrity panel of Ashley Graham, Jalen Rose, Angela Kinsey and Donald Faison attempting to determine the identities of the national champion Sumo wrester, the inventor of the hashtag and the creator of the language used on Game of Thrones.
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The NBC Owned Television Stations will get in on the The Golden Globe Awards action with programming including a one-hour live red carpet pre-show, a half-hour show dedicated to discussing red carpet fashion and tips, and a second half-hour special featuring special celebrity interviews. All three shows will air on NBC stations located across the country and in Puerto Rico (check local listings). The stations’ special shows will lead up to the presentation of the awards Sunday, January 8 at 8p on NBC.
Freeform’s “Boss Girls” programming event airs Saturday, January 14 through Sunday, January 15, with fierce female movies The Prince & Me, 10 Things I Hate About You and Love & Basketball, among others.
Univision’s Feliz Navidad con Mix5, on Saturday, December 24 at 8p, will be the first concert broadcast of La Banda’s season 2 winners. William Valdes and Ela Velden host.
Seven companies are teaming for a consortium designed to handle an increasingly complicated advertising ecosystem. Adstream, Comcast Technology Solutions, Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Entertainment Communications Network, Synco Services Digital Media, Yangaroo and The Team Companies hope to, among other things, pinpoint best approaches for file-sharing, talent and rights usage and analytics, eliminate operational waste, and use a common metadata source.
Add a Publicis Groupe subsidiary to the companies connected to an investigation into potential bid-rigging and price fixing. “As part of the investigation led by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division concerning video production and post-production practices in the advertising industry, one of the subsidiaries of Publicis Groupe received a subpoena dated December 14, 2016,” said the company on Friday. “Publicis Groupe, supported by external counsel, will fully and productively collaborate with the investigation.” Two Omnicom subsidiaries also received subpoenas; the holding company said it was “fully cooperating with the investigation.” A division of Interpublic Group had received its own subpoena the week prior.
Set for Universal Cable Productions and YouTube action thriller pilot Impulse (wt): Maddie Hasson (Twisted), Sarah Desjardins (Wayward Pines), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), Enuka Okuma (How to Get Away with Murder) and Craig Arnold (Degrassi: The Next Generation).
Mina Sunwell (Maggie’s Plan) has joined the cast of Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot, slated to land in 2018.
Also joining a Netflix show: Alex Rich (True Detective), who will recur on straight-to-series comedy GLOW, inspired by the true story of a 1980s female wrestling league.
Jennifer Landon (Banshee) will recur on season 2 of TNT’s Animal Kingdom. The Daytime Emmy winner for As the World Turns is a daughter of the late Michael Landon.
Disney XD’s new Ducktales, premiering in summer 2017, will feature David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck; Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as the voices of Huey, Dewey and Louie; Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack; Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley, and Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack.
Hari Dhillon (Holby City) will recur on first-year NBC hit This Us Us, as a workplace rival of Randall (Sterling K. Brown). Dramedy returns Tuesday, January 10 at 9p.
Comcast, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Media Distribution and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are teaming for enhanced movie extras, a new home entertainment offering on Xfinity X1 that will allow fans to engage with online content while watching a film. Accessible with the digital purchase of participating titles, the offering combines technology and content to enable dynamic, interactive, and integrated internet content directly within the movie-watching experience. “We’re excited to work with these studios on this ground-breaking innovation to redefine the home entertainment movie-watching experience,” said Daniel Spinosa, General Manager of Movies, Pay-Per-View and Commerce, Comcast Cable. “We are actively working with our programming partners to deliver next-generation, enhanced entertainment experiences for all content including movies, events, sports, and news.”
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the Margaret Atwood novel, premieres April 26. Dystopian drama stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love).
After a scathing review of his restaurant appeared in Vanity Fair, president-elect Donald Trump tweeted the magazine was in “way down, big trouble, dead!” Result: VF sold 100 times the number of subscriptions that day than it normally would, and launched a digital marketing campaign directing readers to subscribe to the “magazine Trump doesn’t want you to read.”
Mariah Carey is making merry for YouTube Red in The Keys of Christmas, premiering today. Just Entertainment Studios CEO Justin Hochberg tells Cynopsis why Santa would be proud in the latest Cynsiders: http://www.cynopsis.com/cyncity/mariah-makes-merry-for-youtube-red/.
Canada’s Rogers Communications struck a long-term strategic partnership with Comcast to bring Rogers customers Comcast’s X1 IP-based video platform. “This partnership is great news for our customers,” said Alan Horn, Chairman and interim CEO, Rogers Communications. “We’re bringing our customers a world-class IPTV service with the most advanced features available in the market today.”
Fusion is launching in Mexico, the cable net’s first international expansion, with programming available through an agreement with Izzi Telecom. Fusion launched on Izzi’s VOD service earlier this year.
RFD-TV will be available in millions of new homes on Charter Spectrum, including New York and LA, boosting the rural net’s distribution past 50 million homes. “Rural America played a central role in the 2016 Presidential election,” RFD-TV founder and president, Patrick Gottsch, tells Cynopsis. “Because RFD-TV has been serving the needs and interests of rural Americans for 16 years, people are taking notice as to what we’re doing.”
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OWN is on track to close out 2016 as its highest-rated and most-watched year in network history in prime (.35 rating W25-54, up 6 percent, 506,000 total viewers, up 2 percent versus 2015), and boasts Greenleaf as the number 1 new series on ad-supported cable for women.
The season finale of Fox freshman Pitch was up 10 percent from the week prior, to 1.1/4 among A18-49 and a multi-platform audience of 4.3 million P2+ in Live+3 Nielsens.
An episode focused on the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsay boosted ABC’s 20/20 31 percent in total viewers (to 5.1 million) and 25 percent among A18-49 (to 1.0/4) versus the week prior, for its third-highest numbers of the season.
ABC’s Last Man Standing on Friday grew 3 percent week to week in total viewers (to 6.8 million) and 9 percent among A18-49 (to 1.2/5), for its most-watched telecast this season, and matched a season high in the demo.
Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest delivered 2.216 million viewers on CBS, its second highest audience in 25 years (after 2013). Its 1.4 HH rating was up 40 percent versus last year. Icing on the cake: The event raised over $550,000 for Waterkeeper Alliance.
Live + Same Day AA Homes: Thursday, December 15, 2016 based on time period averages.
NFL Thursday Night 4.3/8, NBC Thursday Night Football 8.8/16
Big Bang Theory 9.5/17, Great Indoors 4.9/8, Mom 5.1/9, Life in Pieces 4.4/8, Pure Genius 3.6/7
Hell’s Kitchen 1.4/2, Rosewood 1.2/2
Disney Prep & Landing 2.3/4, Disney Prep & Landing 2.0/3, Great American Baking Championship 2.4/4, What Would You Do? 2.0/4
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball .7/1, Whose Line Is It Anyway .5/1
Despertar Contigo .9/2, Vino El Amor 1.2/2, El Color de la Pasion 1.2/2
Silvana Sin Lana .8/1, La Dona .9/2, El Cheme 1.1/2
A18-49 Ratings: NBC 4.0/15, CBS 1.6/6, ABC .8/3, UNI .7/3, TELE .7/2, FOX .5/2, CW .4/1
Fox News Channel named The Kelly File executive producer Tom Lowell as Vice President and Managing Editor of News, managing all correspondents and investigative reporting across FNC’s TV and digital platforms.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY DECEMBER 19, 2016
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight [f], The Great American Baking Show [r]
CBS: First Lade Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House, Man With a Plan, 2 Broke Girls, Scorpion
CW: Supergirl [r], Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors
FOX: Gotham [r], Lucifer [r]
NBC: America’s Got Talent, The Wall
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Greeks [r]
Telemundo: Silvana Sin Lana, La Dona, El Chema
Univision: Despertar Contigo, Vino el Amor, El Color de la Pasion
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